U-17 World Cup Winner Babangida Buried, Atiku Condoles with Family

Ibrahim Babangida, a retired footballer and member of the 1993 U-17 World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets side, was buried on Friday, according to Muslim rights. He died in a horrific accident on the Kano-Zaria Road on Thursday.

Babangida died while traveling with his older brother and Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medalist Tijani Babangida, his wife, his one-and-a-half-year-old son, and a maid, all of whom survived and are now being treated at Shika Hospital in Zaria.

A chieftain of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, Harrison Jalla, said officials of the players body were in Kaduna to pay their last respect to Babangida.

“The General Secretary of PFAN, Emmanuel Babayaro, has been deployed to assess the current health situation of other members of the family who were in the same car when the accident occurred yesterday (Thursday). PFAN would soon come out with an official statement.

“We thank the sports minister, all football stakeholders and Nigerians in general for their concern, show of love and solidarity for the Babangida family, a very unique football family of three brothers, all ex-internationals, Tijani, Ibrahim and Haruna Babangida,” Jalla said.

On Thursday, Babayaro broke the news in a statement, which read, “Comrades! Let us be in prayer for our president, Tijani Babangida, who just had a ghastly motor accident along the Kaduna-Zaria Eoad.

“We are in deep mourning over the sudden death of Ibrahim. The Kaduna State chapter of PFAN was on ground and took full charge of the burial arrangements in line with Islamic injunctions.

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